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I’m your neighbor: A genre of empathy and inclusion

Is it time to welcome a new genre to our children’s and young adult collections? Kirsten Cappy thinks so. The co-founder and director of I’m Your Neighbor, leads a project highlighting the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. At the MASL Conference in Augusta, Maine last week, I […]

A new framework to guide OER curation leadership

Curation is one of our Shared Foundations. It is also identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, […]

Building beautiful book bentos

My friend Jennifer LaGarde (@jenniferlagarde) recently introduced me, and our Young Adults Reading and Literacy students at Rutgers, to the idea of Book Bentos. Highly visual, creative and interactive the book bento strategy invites book lovers to create, hyperlink and share book titles in an artfully arranged interactive collage. I asked Jennifer to fill me […]

What we might learn from Google’s Here to Help. A remix challenge?

I saw Google’s new Here to Help ad campaign a couple of weeks back and I can’t get it out of my head. Presenting how Google addresses real-life information needs against the soundtrack of The Beatles’ classic Help, the 60-second ad demonstrates so effectively how we rely on Google products to make our lives a […]

Explore modern history and culture with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting gathers more than 70 years of public broadcasting from around the country. This free resource is a critical tool for studying 20th and 21st Century culture and history. And it is a must-share across content areas and grade levels. A collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library […]

Boclips for Teachers: A new source for classroom video

I recently discovered Boclips for Teachers, a portal hosting more than 2 million short-form educational videos from more than 100 of the educational video producers you already know and love. Familiar sites like TED-Ed, LearnZillion, Associated Press, PBS, Crash Course, Reuters, Bozeman Science and Smithsonian have offered permission for the site to curate their excellent […]

Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor? Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth. The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google […]

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

  Back at ALA Midwinter, I was honored to present on LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel, with fellow panelists Kate Tkacik, Suzanne Wulf, Becky Yoose, James Neal and Cynthia Dudenhoffer.  Here’s the slide deck. Each of us was initially assigned two trends to explore and discuss. I thought I’d break my own twoish trends and resources into two posts. […]

How to Train Your Dragon live event tomorrow!

There’s still time to register for a very special How to Train Your Dragon event with with author/illustrator Cressida Cowell tomorrow on March 6th. A free broadcast will be followed by a live Q & A with students around the world!  The World Book Day celebration is sponsored by Microsoft and Little Brown.  And you may recognize a […]

Wakelet: for curation, collaborating and telling your stories

One of my favorite new(ish) tools for curation is Wakelet. In the past I’ve used to to archive conferences, share lists of best lists, crowd-source current awareness, and to keep my personal favorite classroom teaching tips and strategies handy.  (Happily I discovered Wakelet in the wake of the sudden demise of tools like Google+ Communities and Storify.) I […]